• Down on Main
What: Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Eden Brent, Tupelo Unity Choir
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Elvis statue unveiling is at about 8 p.m.
Info: (662) 841-6598
TUPELO – Eden Brent doesn’t have a setlist, but she plans on everyone in her audience at Down on Main having a good time.
Brent, a jazz and blues musician from Greenville, is a three-time Blues Music Award winner and 2010 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. She’s opening for Marty Stuart and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, at tonight’s Down on Main. With two native Mississippians performing, along with the Tupelo Unity Choir, and the unveiling of the new Elvis Presley statue, it’s a night to celebrate Mississippi music.
“The people who live in Mississippi are really down to earth, so the music that comes out of Mississippi is really down to earth, and therefore everybody across the globe can relate to it,” Brent said in an interview with the Daily Journal. “There’s nothing that suits me better than crossing over the state line and seeing, ‘Welcome to Mississippi: Birthplace of America’s Music.’ It is lovely.”
Brent studied under the late blues pioneer Boogaloo Ames, who named her “Little Boogaloo.”
She’s scored plenty of awards and accolades, and is known for her fun, spontaneous live show.
“I have an idea of what I might do (on stage) but I dont’ like to work with a set song list. It’s more like the crowd leads us in the direction of where they want us to go,” she said. “It seems like the music is more exciting to make it a shared event, where the audience has some input. I say people like to feel like they’re a part of things, so people can participate. People can holler out requests.”
Brent said she’s looking forward to Down on Main, where she’s set to play a few songs with the Tupelo Unity Choir ahead of the statue unveiling and Stuart. When she plays Tupelo, she’ll have just come home from a quick tour in Norway.
“I’m excited to play in Mississippi,” she said.